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News Source: The Sunshine Coast Daily (16th January 2007)
by Peta Hellard
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BINDI Irwin made her US concert debut in front of 2100 people in a fast-paced animal extravaganza yesterday.

There were no nerves for the energetic eight-year-old, who looked like a veteran as she sang and danced choreographed routines for nine of her wildlife-themed songs during the G’Day USA Aussie Family Concert.

“Wow, that was great,” she said, smiling after her first song received loud applause.

Her mother Terri and Australia Zoo director Wes Mannion also wowed the sell-out crowd at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre, making a dramatic entrance on stage on a pair of camels. “You have not lived until you have kissed a camel,” Terri told the cheering crowd of families.

During the concert, Terri – the widow of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin – brought a menagerie of animals on stage, including snakes, lizards, a tiger cub, baby orangutan, an eagle and a 2.1m-tall male Red Kangaroo.

Terri, named a special ambassador for Australian tourism two days ago, enthralled the audience with stories about her late husband.

The concert, staged as part of the annual G’Day USA Week festivities to promote Australian tourism, also starred Australia’s biggest entertainment exports The Wiggles, as well as performances by an Aboriginal dance group and the Qantas Girls Choir.

The Irwins will continue their US tour and will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York on Friday, speak at the prestigious National Press Club in Washington on Saturday and then perform in another Aussie family concert on Sunday in New York.

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